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Students using Cueing Kitchen and robotic arm

Imagine designing the next generation of the wheelchair. Or adapting a bicycle so it can be ridden by someone with one leg. Or counseling a person with a disability to better understand his challenges and help find new solutions. These are just some of the career options in rehabilitation science and technology.

Our faculty strive to balance the career needs of our students with the theoretical foundations of the field. 

Our students work alongside designers, engineers, and clinical professionals—the same people with whom they’ll interact once they enter the workforce. Upon graduation, our students are exceptionally well prepared to pass licensing exams and they typically work in hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, or companies specializing in assistive technology, state agencies and research labs.

Jon Pearlman in HERL machine shipNew RST Chair Named

Associate Professor Jonathan Pearlman is now chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology and will oversee the Prosthetics & Orthotics and Rehabilitation Technology programs. Pearlman is also associate director of Engineering at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) and director of the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP). Read more.

PA Students in Medical Exam Room
Students in HERL Machine Shop


Extensive research facilities are available in the RST department. Faculty have active research programs in rehabilitation engineering, rehabilitation counseling, assistive technology, rehabilitation science, biomechanics, standards development and outcomes measures.

Faculty funding is received from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the National Science Foundation, the Veteran Affairs (VA) Department and other public and private foundations.

The New York Times video on the Human Engineering Research Laboratories' PneuChair and Morgan's Inspiration Island has reached more than 12 million views! Congrats to Associate Dean of Inclusion Rory Cooper and his team on their amazing work.